Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Harvard warns of high calcium-prostate cancer link

According to an 11-year study recently completed by researchers from Harvard University Medical School, too much dietary calcium can increase men's risk of developing prostate cancer. The study found a correlation between the incidence of prostate cancer and dairy intake, with participants facing a 34% greater risk of developing the disease if they were among the top 20% of dairy products consumers. The researchers concluded, "These findings may serve to interject a note of caution into the current enthusiastic promotion of a higher intake of calcium in the US." However, Dr. June Chanl, lead author of the report, told HealthWorld, "This is a 'head's up' rather than the sounding of an alarm.